Environmental Change and Challenge

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Change and Challenge

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: EGS2013F

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    The course explores the nature of physical environmental change as manifested through processes associated with biological, phyiscal and human components of ecosystems with a focus on southern Africa. The recent geological past (the late Quaternary) provides a longer term perspective that enables recent and contemporary environmental changes to be placed in context. The nature and extent of human impact on landscapes is examined along with a consideration of how conservation efforts are applied in order to mitigate these changes. Environmental change is conceptualised as geohazard; and disaster risk and disaster risk profiling is introduced at the regional and local scale. The course further considers key land surface processes in a range of environments and how these respond to environmental dynamics.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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